James Dwayne Martin

January 14, 1944 - April 19, 2019
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James Dwayne Martin, age 75, of Dallas, Texas went home to be with his Heavenly Father May 19, 2019. A Celebration of Dwayne's life will be at 2 p.m. on (Wednesday) May 29, 2019 at King Baptist Church in King, Texas. He will be buried in King Cemetery right before his service. Dwayne was born in the King Community in Coryell County on January 14, 1944 to James Emory Martin and Ruth Jeffries Martin. He attended Schools in Gatesville, grade, 1-10. After his parents deaths he moved to Texas City, Texas with his brother and sisters where he graduated from Texas City High School. Dwayne then attended College of the Mainland in Texas City. From there he went to Howard Payne University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was ordained to the Gospel Ministry at King Baptist Church July1963. Dwayne was pastor of Lake Victor Baptist Church and Purmela Baptist Church during the time he was at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received his Masters of Divinity. Later he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Howard Payne University. Dwayne worked at the State School for Boys in Gatesville, Texas as an Elementary Teacher and Caseworker. Additionally, he worked for the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor State Commission for the Blind. Dwayne met Bette McCall Roeder and they married on February 3, 1973. He adopted her son Richard Scott and they later had a son James Jeffries. Dwayne was pastor at Calvary Baptist Church at Vernon, Texas from 1973-1975; First Baptist Church in Sweetwater, Texas 1975-1979; First Baptist Church of Texas City, Texas 1979- 1984. He then accepted a position with Baptist General Convention of Texas as Director, Human Welfare Coordinating Board from 1984-1994. Dwayne was offered a position at North Dallas Shared Ministries as Executive Director 1994 - 1997. He then worked at Resource Services Inc. as Vice President 1997-2007. Dwayne then had a position as Executive Consultant with O’Meara Ferguson 2011-2013. He worked for Miller & Son's Livery in his later years driving Funeral Coaches for multiple Funeral Homes. Dwayne used his life experiences and his gift as a preacher to being a call in minister for Chism-Smith Funeral Home. His parents, sons Jeff Martin and Scott Martin, Brother Gayle Martin, Sisters Irene Ford, and Mary McCloy, preceded him in death. A sister, Dr. Verna Martin Peterson, Bette Miller mother of their sons, survives him and her husband Paul Miller along with 5 nieces, 2 nephews and a lot of cousins. In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials be made to the King Cemetery Association, P O Box 298, Gatesville, Texas 76528

Service Information

Memorial
Date: May 29, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm
Interment
Date: May 29, 2019
Time: 1:45 pm

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Scotty
Rowlett, TX
Dr. Martin was such a wonderful person to know.  My condolences to the family! May God continue to bless you all!
Bernie Johnson
MInneapolis, MN
Possibly the nicest man I have ever known.  An honor to have worked with him at RSI.
Frank & Sylvia McDonald
Pflugerville, TX
Our thoughts and hearts are flooded with wonderful memories of Bro. Dwayne and his young family in Sweetwater. What a joy to be a part of their ministry there. Our teenagers were influenced positively by the family and church. Bette was a terrific German teacher for our son, Ross. As a preschool teacher I enjoyed both Scott and Jeff. It was a very sad day for us when the Lord called them to Texas City right after a family mission trip to Brown Deer WI where we all became even closer. We thank you for your service to so many Texas Baptists. Your influence lives on. Sylvia, Frank, Ross and Shelley
Frank & Sylvia McDonald
Pflugerville, TX
Our thoughts and hearts are flooded with wonderful memories of Bro. Dwayne and his young family in Sweetwater. What a joy to be a part of their ministry there. Our teenagers were influenced positively by the family and church. Bette was a terrific German teacher for our son, Ross. As a preschool teacher I enjoyed both Scott and Jeff. It was a very sad day for us when the Lord called them to Texas City right after a family mission trip to Brown Deer WI where we all became even closer. We thank you for your service to so many Texas Baptists. Your influence lives on. Sylvia, Frank, Ross and Shelley
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